Sally O’Reilly

About me

My first historical novel ‘Dark Aemilia’ is published by Myriad Editions in March 2014 and Picador US in May 2014. The novel is a fictional account of the relationship between Aemilia Lanyer, one of the first women to be published professionally as a poet in England, and William Shakespeare. My current project, commissioned by Myriad Editions, is a novel about Aphra Behn.

I’m also the author of two contemporary novels (Penguin) and a career guide for writers (Piatkus), and my short stories have been published in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

I work as a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University, and was awarded a PhD in English and Creative Writing by Brunel University in 2013. Previously, I worked as a journalist, freelancing for the Guardian, Sunday Times and New Scientist. I am a former Cosmopolitan New Journalist of the Year, and was shortlisted for the Cosmopolitan short story prize and the Ian St James Award.

From my website

How to write a novel when you literally have no time

I just Googled this sentence 'How to write a novel when you literally have no time'. And I couldn't find anything - so here are some thoughts in case you have just Googled the self-same thing. All too often, my time frazzles away, consumed by the day job. You probably…

Five reasons to enter the Bridport

The deadline is looming  for the Bridport Prize. So stop whatever you are doing right now, find a short story, polish it up and enter it.  Because you might win if you enter, and definitely won't win if you don't. Of course it's true that any competition is a lottery to…

Breaking the rules - use that adverb

Poor adverbs! The consensus in some quarters is that anyone who is not paring their work down to post-Carveresque minimalism just doesn't have a clue. Verbs must stand alone. Adverbs must be shunned at all costs. If there are any adverbs lurking in your draft, you should get the Adverb Exorcist…

 
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